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Buying a commerically sold Computer


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leingod

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I'm very sorry if I posted this in the wrong section firstly.

Okay, I'm in a delimma. I'm going to buy a commerically sold computer at my local shops, wherever they sell computers, and I want to know which type of Pentium processor I should buy? A Pentium 4 or Pentium D? I'm mainly looking for a system that can effectively multi-task and process data, (like authoring home movies on Pinnicle Video Studio), very quickly. And a few games aside too like Devil May Cry 3 for PC and World of Warcraft (I'll just shove my GFX card in it).

So what should it be? P4 or PD? I don't even know what 'D' actually stands for yet. I don't wanna buy a AMD computer because my sister is getting a Turion 64 X2
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Well first things first I would get a amd athlon 64 3800+ or higher or a athlon 64 x2 4600+ or higher. Ok well the pentuim D is a duel core version of the pentuim 4. Duel cores are not considered "good" for gaming machines, but they are perfect for people who do a lot of multitasking. However after I did some research about a week ago I discovered that if you get a duel core that is fast enough you can outperform some of the single cores, but you need to get a higher end duel core. So i would Probably go for a good Pentuim D but i would rather get a amd athlon 64 x2 4600+ :whistling:.


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core 2 duo is a good investment right now, because sooner or later you will have to get 1. They are hard to find... (at least in canada) but performancewise they are unbeatable. a core 2 duo E6400 or E6600 will last you a long time. Now if you aren't looking for a core 2 duo system (they are a bit pricey right now) it's prime time to get high quality top of the line amd fx chips because of the huge price drops. Most of amd chips are 50% off to compete with the core 2 duo. you can get a 4800x2 dirt cheap. but IMO the core 2 duo is worth the money.
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I wouldn't say that eventually you will "have" to have Core 2, because eventually AMD will release a next generation chip to compete. Then Intel will release something better and so on and so on. However, I would recommend that if you go with an AMD system to ensure that you get an AM2 socket. All of AMDs upgrades over the next couple of years will be targeted at AM2 so when you do decide to upgrade, you will have more options.

If you are set on sticking with Intel and you can't afford Core 2 right now, then go with the D.
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Current AMD chips are selling well and perform well against core 2 because of there significantly lower cost, and intel are releasing a quad core(two core 2s on a chip) in january so no core 2 isnt going to be a must have, AMD and intel are introducing there new full quad core chips next summer, AMD ones look good they are introducing a new cache level and upping the rest so itll go like greased lightning as they say.

Pentium D if its not a 9 series sucks and the 9s while an improvement arent as good as cheaper AMDs, get a AM2 system from AMD or a LGA 775 based on a 965 or 975X xhipset mobo from intel.
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